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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 8

Next month, the seventh annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student and Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The collaboration that provides students in Marion and Grant County to take aviation and airplane maintenance classes in high school earned a special accolade from the Indiana Department of Education recently.

At their annual Awards for Excellence event Tuesday, Feb. 26 — which celebrated accomplished students, programs, and business partnerships in career and technical education throughout the state — the IDOE recognized the Marion Regional Career Center’s Aviation Academy with a Partnership Award.



Students in Marion Regional Career Center’s aviation maintenance class get plenty of hands-on learning at the Marion Municipal Airport.


The Aviation Academy is a partnership between MRCC, the Marion Municipal Airport, Air Marion, the City of Marion, and the Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation. These partners see aviation as a growing area and one of the keys to attracting new businesses to Grant County. Students can participate in a two-year program in either aviation/flight operations or aviation mechanics. Both programs are housed at Marion Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Academy is unique in this region. The partners in the program each have a specific role to play, but decisions are made collectively. MRCC is responsible for teachers, students, and everyday classroom operations. Marion Municipal Airport provides use of the terminal and organizes trained pilots to fly with the students; every student receives at least five hours of flight time. The City of Marion owns the hanger that has a classroom built into it for the program. The Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation was created to support the MRCC Aviation Academy, and has contributed funding for the fuel required to fly students, as well as other equipment and materials.

This partnership is a win-win for all involved, as we work together to help build a brighter future for our students, our school, and our community.

MRCC currently has 16 programs to choose from, with the mission to develop every student’s technical, academic, and job readiness skills. MRCC also offers programs in fields such as culinary arts, health, and information technology. Even more programs will be coming soon.

Marion Regional Career Center programs are open to students at Marion High School and participating schools throughout the county. Students interested in applying should contact MRCC Student Support Staff and Community Specialist Nathan McNeely at 765-664-9091 or nmcneely@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our Early Childhood Education and Nursing & Health Sciences programs. Check it out:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

February is Career and Technical Education month. Technology programs and organizations all over the country have been working hard advancing their knowledge and showcasing their talents. Locally, what better way to celebrate than to recognize the Marion Regional Career Center?

At their annual Awards for Excellence event Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Indiana Department of Education recognized the Marion Regional Career Center’s Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy. The event celebrates accomplished students, programs, and business partnerships in Career and Technical Education (CTE) throughout the state. This year, 43 CTE students, programs, and partnerships, both high school and college, were recognized at the event.

“Participation in Career and Technical Education provides students more opportunities for future endeavors,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Thank you to those being recognized for their support and dedication to creating successful CTE environments for Indiana’s students.”

Boasting their current 16 programs to choose from, the Marion Regional Career Center’s mission is to develop in every student’s technical, academic, and job readiness skills. MRCC offers programs in fields such as aviation, culinary arts, health, and information technology. Even more programs will be coming soon.


MRCC Director Mike Ripperger (second from left) and MRCC Cybersecurity and Information Technology teacher Dr. Travis Hueston accept the Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education.



>> Click here to view a virtual tour of a few of the programs at MRCC

If interested in applying to a program at the Marion Regional Career Center, please contact Student Support and Community Specialist Nathan McNeely at 765-664-9091 or email him at nmcneely@marion.k12.in.us, or speak with your school's counselor.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

In the midst of Black History Month, we’d like to honor some of our Marion High School alumni who have earned a spot in the Hall of Distinction. Becoming a member of the Hall of Distinction is one of the highest honors in Marion Community Schools.

The purpose of the Marion High School Hall of Distinction is to give lasting recognition to Marion High School graduates who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools.

Furthermore, it is the purpose of the Hall of Distinction to promote more interest in Marion High School and to display before current Marion students, the success of past graduates who have contributed in making Marion schools exceptional.


2006 Inductees

   
  • Edmund Casey, Class of 1942,  was the 1st African-American on staff at Bethesda Hospital, President of National Medical Association and a proud member of the U.S. Air Force
  • Oatess Archey, Class of 1955, was Indiana’s 1st African- American sheriff, an FBI Agent, an educator, athlete, and coach. 

2008 Inductee

  • Bill Perry, Class of 1969, acted as a Chairman of the Diversity Leadership Council for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Perry was a manager in tech and financial services for AT&T and IBM. He currently is CEO at Global Performance Solutions.

2009 Inductee

  • Clark Beck, Class of 1947, was an Aerospace engineering expert. He worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was also a professor and college administrator in Ohio, and education innovator in the STEM field.

2010 Inductee

  • Todd Nukes, Class of 2010, is currently the federal marshal for the district covering roughly one-third of northeastern Indiana.

2014 Inductee

   
  • Lennon Brown, is an honorary inductee. He served as principal of Marion High School and transformational leader.
  • James Arnett Wilson, Class of 1937, was a fighter pilot with the  Tuskegee airman and an exceptional educator.

2015 Inductee

  • Greg Taylor, Class of 1988, is an Indiana State Senator, an economic development expert, and a business and finance attorney. 

2016 Inductees

   
  • Zach Randolph, Class of 2000, is a three-time NBA All-Star, McDonald's All-American, and member of Marion Giants Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Avis Stewart, Class of 1970, was a coach, teacher and community leader. Stewart is currently the interim President of Earlham College in Indiana.

2017 Inductees

   
  • Arthur "Art" Faulkner, Class of 1958, is a respected leader and philanthropist. He served as Department Director at Marion General Hospital and served on the Marion School Board for 12 years.
  • Latondra Newton, Class of 1986, is chief diversity officer senior VP for Walt Disney Co. and held multiple high- level leadership roles at Toyota Motor Corporation.

2018 Inductees

      
  • Earl Green, Class of 1940, was the First African-American postmaster in Grant County. He also served as a County Council Member, an accomplished airplane pilot, and author of poetry and short stories.
  • Carlton Rose, Class of 1980, is President of Global Fleet Maintenance and engineering for UPS.
  • Erika Davis Sears, Class of 1998, is a plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and recovery. She is particularly proud to provide care for Veterans with hand trauma.

 


Do you know of an outstanding Marion High School alum that deserves recognition in the MHS Hall of Distinction?

>> Click here to learn more about how you can nominate them